FICTION AUTHORS

BONNIE MACBIRD: Art in the Blood (HarperCollins June 2016) is the first in Bonnie MacBird's Sherlock Holmes trilogy. This fast-paced tale takes the reader through London, Bohemian Paris, and an Earl's vast estate in Lancashire. Written in the  style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it is a mystery of art theft, kidnap, and murder, featuring the illustrious detective and his famous assistant, Watson. World rights sold to HarperCollins UK, published simultaneously in the USA and UK, September 2015, and international rights sold to 17 countries including Italy, Spain, France, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Turkey, China, and Japan. Bonnie is an author and classically trained, successful actor and singer. She is the original writer of the film TRON and a three-time Emmy Award winner. Unquiet Spirits, (HarperCollins July 2017) the second in the series; became a bestseller within the first four weeks of publication. Fresh from debunking a 'ghostly' hound in Darmoor, Sherlock Holmes returns to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. He is distracted when beautiful Scotswoman Isla McLaren arrives with a tale of kidnapping, ghosts, and dynamite in the Highlands.

ROBERT PARKER:
A Wanted Man (Endeavour Press March 2017) sold 16,000 copies in the first 9 months of publication. This first book in the Ben Bracken thriller trilogy follows a dishonorably discharged ex-serviceman who escapes prison in Manchester, England and gets caught up, and brings down the sinister underworld of a crime ring that threatens the city. In his second book, Crook's Hollow (Black Rose Writing March 2018) a generations long family feud boils over when the life of the Loxley's youngest son has been threatened. Robert Parker has degrees in law and in film and media production. He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores. In his third book and second in the Ben Bracken series, Morte Point (Endeavour Quill July 2018), Ben returns and is involved in a  brand new action-packed adventure which deals with international espionage.

ASHLEY FONTAINNE: Marriage Made Me Do It (HarperCollins UK September 2017) about a housewife who snaps and goes on a rampage after a series of heartbreaking events. Italian rights sold November 2017. Ashley Fontainne is an award-winning and internationally bestselling author who writes in numerous genres including mystery, suspense, horror, and sci-fi. She enjoys stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and explores  the monsters lurking within each of us.

JASON O'TOOLE: The Human Maze (Bear Media, January 2019). Jason is a best-selling author of nine memoirs published by large commercial publishing houses, as well as an award winning journalist. His work has appeared in several major anthologies, and he penned the authorized biography of Iris Prime Minister Brian Cowen for Transworld,The Path to Power (2008). Many of his books became best sellers, such as Katie Taylor: Path to Gold, published by Gill & Macmillan in 2012.

WAYNE AVRASHOW: Roll the Dice (Fiery Seas Publishing November 2017) is the story of a rock star who decides to run as an Independent in a crucial US Senate campaign, and the challenges and scandals he faces along the way. Wayne Avrashow has a long history in politics. He served as a Los Angeles government commissioner for nearly twenty years, and has also advised on and managed many successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and ballot measures. Wayne is also a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns. 

JASON HUZA: Emma and Adam (Black Rose Writing September 2017) an adult fiction exploration of the grief a father and husband feels after his wife and young son are killed in a hit and run by a reckless driver, and his long and inspirational journey towards recovery.  Jason has been writing Broadway plays and novels for over a decade, and his latest musical, It Happened In Key West, is due to be previewed as a six-week run in Boston. He completed five books on his iPhone, ranging from non traditional westerns and sci-fi to contemporary dark romantic comedy and thrillers. Jason is the co-creator of a web-series with over a million followers.

PHYLLIS MELHADO: The Spa at Lavender Lane is a fascinating women's fiction, page-turner of what happens when a burnt out Fifth Avenue retail executive, a scheming supermodel, an insecure housewife on the verge of her second divorce, and an underappreciated assistant director with her own agenda enter a Palm Springs’ premier sauna. Phyllis Melhado was the former Vice President of Public Relations for Estee Lauder, where she launched some of the world's most popular beauty products, managed careers of supermodels, and publicized the iconic Pink Ribbon. She has ghost written a best-selling beauty book and has written for national fashion and beauty columns.

GEOFFREY GLOVER-WRIGHT:
Hard Act (Fiery Seas Published Februrary 2017) the hard-hitting, timely and controversal thriller. Geoffrey Glover-Wright is the best-selling author from the 1990s  including , Whitefire, The Hound of Heaven, Eight Day, and Headhunter which have been sold to Endeavour Press for republication January 2018. Glover-Wright spent time with contract soldiers and seconded SAS units in Oman's clandestine rebel war, an experience resulting in his debut novel The Torch published by Putman USA and Hutchinson UK.

MICHAEL RUBIN: 
Cashed Out (Fiery Seas Publishing August 2017) the legal and environmental thriller about "Schex" Schexnaydre a lawyer whose only client is infamous toxic waste entrepreneur G.G. Guidry, who has just been murdered, left behind $4 million he stashed with him for safekeeping. Cashed Out has recently won the Jack Eadon Literary Award in the category of “Best Book in Contemporary Drama.” Mike Rubin is an author, television and radio host, public speaker and humorist, trial and appellate attorney and professional jazz pianist and composer. His debut, The Cottoncrest Curse (Louisiana State University Press, 2014) won the IndieFab Book of the Year Gold Award as the best thriller and suspense novel. He has also received the prestigious Burton Award at the Library of Congress for outstanding writing.

JAZ DAVISON:
Once Upon a Mouse (Austin Macauley Publishers March 2018) a quirky and funny all-ages fantasy novel with beautiful illustrations by David Cabuco. A rollicking cat and mouse tale, but this time they're on the same side, joining forces with a local Solihull lad to defeat the nefarious forces that are causing chaos all around them. The answer lies in the World of Fairy Tales, but can they save everyone in time? Jaz Davison (writing as J.A. Zarifian) is an award winning stage director and actor. She has been by turns, a daughter, a cousin, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, an aunt, a lover, a godmother, and an eminence grise. 

SHAHEEN CHISHTI:
The Granddaughter Project (Anaphora Press, June 2019). Spanning the years 1926-2043, The Granddaughter Project is an inspiring story of three women across India, America, and England who are bonded by a common thread of abuse by the men in their families. Kamla, the central character, seeks out women from other countries to invite them to write about abuse in their lives as women, to one day give to their granddaughters. Inspired by their grandmothers, these women continue with the letter writing where Kamla left off, for their own granddaughters. Shaheen Chishti is an Indian British author, world peace advocate, and thought leader. His writings primarily focus on the emancipation of women. He is the descendant of the revered Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose shrine, also known as the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Shaheen founded the Jewish Islamic International Peace Society.

ROSEMARIE AQUILINA:
Triple Cross Killer (Fiery Seas December 2017) about a serial killer targeting children through their letters to Santa, and the eccentric group of investigators who bond together to stop him. The Honorable Rosemarie Aquilina is currently serving her second elected term as a 30th Circuit Court Judge in Lansing, Michigan. She recently tried Larry Nassar in the widely known Olympic abuse case. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of a successful law firm and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer.

PRISCILLA BENNETT:
Something to be Brave For (Endeavour Press March 2017) is about one woman's struggle to escape her violently abusive marriage and find herself while also securing a safe future for her young daughter. In Boston's high society, avoiding scandal can sometimes seem more important than saving her own life. Priscilla Bennett is a debut novelist and native New Yorker. She has been writing for several years and studied writing at Columbia University. She also attended writing conferences at Marymount and Hunter College and has taken advanced fiction writing courses at Stony Brook Southampton. Priscilla has been writing for several years and specializes in women’s fiction.

MARIANNE GAGE: Private Faces (Endeavour Press April 2017) about an artist and the bonds she forms with the women whose portraits she paints. Among the hundreds of portraits she has painted, there are seven very special subjects who have captured her heart, but which has betrayed her? Marianne Gage is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, teacher, and artist. She worked as a portrait painter and printmaker for many years, and many of her portraits and monotypes hang in Bay Area homes, and her art has inspired her writing. Marianne has previously published two novels with Plain View Press in 2010 and 2012.

CAREY HARRISON:
The Heart Beneath Quartet (Endeavour Press October 2016). The four books, Richard's Feet, Egon, Cley and How to Push Through originally published by William Heinemann, explore the life and adventures of one or more members of an extended family, British and, latterly, German, whose lives lead them in different directions, but who ultimately re-unite in the Cornish town of Liskeard. Carey Harrison is a prize-winning novelist, playwright, theater director and actor. Carey's most recent play, Rex & Rex, celebrates his father, the honorable stage and screen star, Rex Harrison. Carey has written 40 stage plays, hundreds of television plays, including  17 hours of BBC Masterpiece Theater, and many award-winning radio dramas for the BBC. His book Justice (Dr. Cicero Books) has sold over 23,000 copies and is long listed for the Booker Prize.

LEE DUNHAM:
Mei Lee and the Tower of Secrets Did Mei Lee Goodman really save someone’s life with the touch of her hand in the middle of the school cafeteria? Her arch rival, Lenora Sparks, is determined to find out. Lenora is convinced there’s something amiss with Mei Lee, and it isn’t that her classmate is adopted. Mei Lee’s “miracle” isn’t the only unusual happening at school, which is soon invaded by vicious creatures that are quite literally out of this world. Lenora and Mei Lee will soon learn that they are the reason for the invasion, and the two girls are connected in an unimaginable way. These bitter enemies must become allies if they are to stop a war and save the planet. His greatest pleasure is writing fiction and has published several short fiction projects in magazines.


ROB TRAVALINO:
The Ten Prophets explores the very foundations of life, society and humanity to challenge our notions of why. The ensemble story shares pivotal moments in the lives of seemingly diverse individuals and in the end seduces the reader into reflecting on the truth of their own existence and challenges them to wonder how life so interconnected can be made to feel so very different? Rob is a professional story advocate and has two decades of experience in producing, strategizing, story-forming, managing, writing and marketing entertainment and gaming properties for clients like Dreamworks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, Hasbro and more.


CHRIS DI GIUSEPPI AND MIKE FORCE
The Light Bringer (Health Communications Inc., 2013)by Mike Force and Chris Di Giuseppi is an outstanding supernatural adventure which pulls the reader into a world beyond and makes the reader wonder if this is really a work of fiction. The Light Bringer bridges the gap between the goodness and evil that exist in this world . The story is one of hope and gives meaning to the phrase “you reap what you sow”. Alan Crane, an-ex military man, who discovers he has the gift of helping loved ones pass over to the next life, sharing in their journeys both challenged and otherwise, and helping those family members left behind to deal with the pain of loss. Written by the Chief of Police and the Deputy Chief of Police of Lake St Louis, Missouri, it is based on real life incidents confronting these two heroes on a daily basis. Published by HCI June 2011. The Light Bringer has been optioned for a big screen movie by Undergo Entertainment. The Light Bringer Book 2 The Fallen also sold to Health Communications Inc published March 2013.


GLORIA DURAN: Gloria is affiliated with Columbia University and Yale University, where she teaches Spanish and writing in the Summer School of Languages. She was awarded First Prize for her young adult novel,
Malinche: Slave Princess of Cortes, in 1993 by the National Association of American Pen Women, First Prize in 1996 for one of her short stories, and in 2000, her young adult fiction, Maria de Estrada, won the First Prize at the Latino Book Summit in Chicago. Her current intriguing historical novel, Catalina, My Father, is set in the 17th century in Mexico and deals with the hypothetical relationship between Mexico's greatest poet and feminist Avant la lettre, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Catalina de Erauso, a Basque nun who escaped her convent dressed as a man and subsequently became famous as a conquistador in South America.



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